The hashtag ‘Stop Hindi Imposition’ trends top on Twitter after scores of twitterati protested against Modi governments’ alleged imposition of Hindi as a mandatory language in schools in non-Hindi speaking states.

The draft education policy 2019, proposed by Ministry of Human Resources and Development, suggests teaching of Hindi in non-Hindi speaking states.

The policy asks the non-Hindi speaking states to follow a three-language policy in schools: English, Hindi and regional language; making Hindi a compulsory language in the process.

This comes a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BJP government took reigns at the Raisina Hill.

Meanwhile, it has united leaders like Kanimozhi, Kamal Haasan, Vaiko and state chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on the issue of Tamil pride.

Later in the day, I&B Minister Prakash Javdekar reportedly said that the Centre has no intention of imposing any language. He said it is only a draft that has been issued, which will be decided by the government as per feedback from the public.

HRD minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal also clarified the government’s stand.

Both the ruling and BJP’s ally in the state, AIADMK and the newly resurgent DMK have used almost identical language to condemn the decision.

DMK President M.K. Stalin tweeted on the controversy and said, ‘In this regard, the MPs will express their strong opposition in Parliament!

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